Getting healthy rose to number one on my to-do list for this year, and for the first time, I’m actually doing it. Since January 1st, I’ve found a routine that works for me. It’s a combination of hardcore workouts (here’s proof), being more mindful of my mindset and daily habits (I highly recommend using The 5 Second Journal), and, of course, making good decisions about what I eat (although I do imbibe in a glass of wine every once in a while).
That means that many of the most important getting-healthy tools are in my kitchen instead of at the gym. Here are the kitchen tools that are truly helping me stay on track.
1. Vitamix blender
I just love my Vitamix. In addition to perfectly smooth kale smoothies, it makes terrific nut butters and whole-wheat flour the likes of which you’ve never tasted before. Seriously, if you’ve never made your own whole wheat flour (by grinding up whole wheat berries), you’re missing out on something spectacular. This blender also has a clean cycle that’s able to remove dried-on chia seeds.
2. Cookbook Stand
I’m trying lots of new recipes and cooking methods which means I’m using lots of cookbooks (such as Air Fryer Perfection). I love having a good cookbook stand to hold the book upright for easy reading while protecting it from splatters.
Clear Solutions Deluxe Cookbook HolderOur favorite cookbook holder holds cookbooks of all sizes (even the coffee-table-sized hardbacks) and all of its components fold flat for easy storage.
3. Manual Knife Sharpener
I’m chopping a lot more vegetables every day, so having a sharp knife is key. I own lots of impressive knife sharpening tools including a massive three-sided wet stone and a belt grinder, but I rely on a small, handheld knife sharpener from Chef'sChoice for daily use because it’s stored in the same drawer as the knives, and it takes less than a minute to use.
4. Air Fryer
It took some convincing, but after trying some of the recipes in our cookbook Air Fryer Perfection, I’m now an air fryer believer. I don’t think of it as a healthier alternative to deep frying, but rather as a fast, little convection oven with a timer. And unlike my oven, it heats up within seconds. It’s perfect for roasting all types of vegetables, including cauliflower, broccoli, potatoes, and Brussels sprouts.
Philips TurboStar Airfryer, Avance DigitalThis impressive air fryer has a thin, compact footprint and shorter stature than other models, but it still had a roomy basket that could hold a full pound of food. It's also easy to clean, intuitive to use, and safe.
5. 24-Ounce Drinking Glasses
These glasses are silly large and don’t even fit in the top rack of the dishwasher, but they’re perfect for large smoothies or massive glasses of water. I use ones by Luminarc, and so far, they’ve withstood constant usage without any chips or dings. They’re the first glasses my husband Ian and I reach for when we open the cabinet.
6. Glass Storage Containers
I like using OXO Good Grips glass storage containers for cooked food because they allow you to see what’s in them without removing the lid, and I find that they last longer than plastic containers. I’m now in the habit of cooking extra vegetables, chicken, and quinoa so that they are on hand for a quick meal.
7. 12-Inch Nonstick Skillet
I now eat a lot of eggs because they are a good, quick source of protein and they go with anything. I often put them over leftover vegetables and drizzle with hot sauce for breakfast. And if you cook lots of eggs, you need a good nonstick skillet. Our winner, by OXO, is my all-time favorite because it’s well balanced, it has a solid handle, and it has withstood some serious abuse in my kitchen. (I’m not gentle on cookware.)
OXO Good Grips Non-Stick 12-inch Open FrypanThe scalloped, uncoated pincers on our longtime favorite tongs feel very precise. This model is also comfortable to use; it feels like a natural extension of our hands.
What kitchen tools do you rely on to help you cook the foods you love? Let us know in the comments. And for more on equipment we love, check out these articles: